The wreck site was discovered at a depth of 112 metres approximately 2km outside the Grand Harbour. A diver survey carried out in April 2021 by Heritage Malta, definitively identified the wreck as HMS Urge, laying to rest one of the last remaining Royal Navy mysteries from the Second World War and providing closure for the families of the crew and passengers that lost their lives.
The First World War brought with it the need for a series of vessels that were purpose-built to counter the growing threat of submarines and underwater mines. The Flower-class sloops were designed and constructed as minesweeping vessels, and HMS Nasturtium formed part of the third and largest sub-group, the Arabis-class.
The Supermarine Spitfire was the backbone of the Royal Air Force, in service on the frontlines from the beginning to the end of the Second World War. The Spitfire was produced continuously throughout the war and no other British aircraft would be built in greater numbers.
HMS Southwold lies in two sections outside Marsaskala Bay. The bow section of the vessel lies on its starboard side at a depth of 65 metres. The stern of the escort-destroyer lies upright on the seabed approximately 300 metres away at a maximum depth of 72 metres.
HMS Hellespont is located off the coast of Fort Rinella, resting on a sandy seabed at a maximum depth of 41 metres. The bow section of the paddle tug is mission, possibly as a result of bomb damage or scuttling works.
The Stuka wreck was discovered in 2015 off the north-east coast of Malta during the Malta Shipwreck Survey Project. The aircraft was located using a side-scan sonar mounted on an Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV), and was first filmed using a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).
Today, the wreck of this Blenheim Mark IV lies at a depth of 42 metres a few hundred metres outside Xrobb l-Għaġin. The tail end is partially buried in sand with what is left of the main fuselage. Today, the wreck is a popular dive destination for scuba divers.
The Douglas Skyraider is an American single-seat attack aircraft that was in service between the late 1940s and early 1980s, boasting a remarkably long and successful career in the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, and foreign military services.
The Ju88 South was discovered during a remote sensing survey in 2019, its identity as a Junkers Ju88 confirmed through a visual diver survey. The wreck sits upright on a sandy seabed at a depth of 106m. The aircraft is considered to be in a good condition, with some damage to the nose and tail sections.
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, discovered in 2015 through a remote sensing survey and lies approximately 1.5km south-west of Marsaxlokk at a depth of 55 metres on a sandy seabed.
The wreck of the JU88 was discovered in 2009 during an offshore remote sensing survey. The aircraft is well-preserved, with a broken tail that lies a small distance away from the main site, and the forward-looking machine gun still mounted in the cockpit.
In 2007, during an offshore remote sensing survey a small anomaly was picked up in the sonar data, an anomaly that turned out to be a Phoenician shipwreck and one of the most intriguing recent archaeological discoveries in the central Mediterranean.
The aircraft rests upside down on a sandy seabed approximately 900 metres off the coast of St. Julians at a depth of 38 metres, with most the aircraft buried in the sand, the wings and fuselage appear to be largely intact.
The wreck of the S-31 was first discovered by divers in September 2000, first surveyed by the authorities in 2006, and full photogrammetric survey was completed in 2019. Today, the S-31 lies outside the Grand Harbour at a depth of 65 metres on a silty seabed.
A Fairey Swordfish wreck located off the coast of Sliema was the result of engine failure, with the pilot being forced to ditch the plane in 1943. The wreck is located at a depth of 70 metres, with its intact position indicating a controlled landing.
The wreck of the HMS Maori is comprised of the bow section, since the aft of the destroyer was abandoned in deeper waters whilst being towed for scuttling. The bow lies upright on a sandy seabed at a depth of 16 metres.
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